Scenes From the SE Belmont H Mart Grand Opening

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The new sign at the new H Mart on SE Belmont. Wednesday, April 10 was the date of their grand opening. Note the Belmont Dairy cow image is still there.

Many of us have been anticipating the opening of Korean grocery store chain H Mart for many months, and it was such a nice experience to finally be able to visit the store and shop there. The place was constantly busy, extremely clean, and very tidy. I’ve shopped at my share of Asian grocery stores over the years (mostly in NYC), and overall really enjoyed my experience here in this shiny new store; to contrast, Manhattan’s K-Town location of H Mart feels like you’re going into a dingy cave. Continue reading “Scenes From the SE Belmont H Mart Grand Opening”

Main Season Returns to Hollywood Farmers Market

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West entrance to the Hollywood Farmers Market

One of the great things (among many) about living in the Hollywood District is the proximity to the Hollywood Farmers Market. It’s definitely been one of the perks of living in this part of Portland. They host a lot of variety in vendors, have a friendly staff, and it’s an overall pleasant way to spend part of the morning. I took a few photos there on this very rainy morning and wanted to share them here. Continue reading “Main Season Returns to Hollywood Farmers Market”

Back After an Unplanned Break + Good Eats

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The classic Herring Under a Fur Coat at Kachka, one of the delicious things I ate in the past couple of months.

Well, it’s been about two months since I last visited this little blog, and I sure didn’t mean to be absent for that long. Life took priority—estate work took a lot of my attention, but so did the emotional component of cancer recovery. I just didn’t have enough in me. But that has changed—I still have estate work and am still recovering from cancer, but my focus is better.

As a way of re-entry, I thought I’d recap some of the delicious things I ate in February and March. Continue reading “Back After an Unplanned Break + Good Eats”

Purringtons Cat Lounge To Return

Back in January when I was heading to Fisk, an art and design studio, gallery, and publisher run by a fellow CalArts grad, I saw the news about Purringtons Cat Lounge closing plastered on the door. I was sad.

So imagine my delight to see that they were purchased and will reopen! About the new owners, the former owners say, “Our little baby is in good hands!” Willamette Week has the details: Portland’s Only Cat Cafe Is Reopening Under New Ownership.

They’ll expand the cafe and redesign the bar area, and “the food and beverage menu will also be revamped.” I’m also excited by the idea that more cats may find loving homes through the cafe’s adoption program (as of today, the number of cats that have been adopted is 628). It’s unclear when they will open, but my guess is that their Instagram account is where that info will be found. Good luck to new owners Garrett Simpson and Helen Harris as they prepare to reopen.